Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What do you think of when you hear the word, gentleness? I thought of Gentle Ben, a t.v. show many years ago about a bear by that name. The dictionary defines it as "softness of action or effect; lightness." The Bible Dictionary says "gentle words wield great power."

"A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
"By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone." Proverbs 25:15

Gentleness is not usually seen as having great power, but it does. When we control our emotions, and give a right answer, it soothes away anger and despair. It can tame the savage beast, or maybe a distraught teenager? Yes, it can bring peace to a situation, where there had been strife. Only the presence of God can move over situations of confusion and bring direction.

I think of gentleness as an action, a touch, an arm around someone who needs to know others care. Our words can build us up or bring us down, and those around us.
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.    Proverbs 25:11  { NAS}
This is a pretty idea, it is regal and elegant, and so can our words be, if we watch them. We also know out of the same mouth can come blessings and cursing, and the Bible tells us that this shouldn't be so. If we spend our time reading" good reports" good will come out of us. Spend as much time as possible tonight in God's word, it will make a huge difference in what comes out of your mouth tomorrow.

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